This super simple Apple Crumble is the perfect comfort food for autumn/fall. It takes 10 minutes to prepare, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already.
Apple Crumble is a classic British dessert. In the USA, it is called Apple Crisp. The simplicity of Apple Crumble makes it ideal for any occasion - whether you want to impress guests at a dinner party or want something warming on a chilly night.
It has all the flavours of traditional apple pie without any tedious time spent preparing dough or rolling out pastry. The apples are tossed in cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice, then topped with a sweet, crunchy topping. Serve it with custard or vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert.
Another cosy dessert which I've just published is Eve's Pudding. It consists of juicy apples with a layer of fluffy sponge on top and is perfect for Autumn.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Quick and easy to make.
- Warm, cosy and comforting.
- The perfect Autumnal dessert.
Note: The recipe card below shows the full ingredients and quantities.
Apples - we use Granny Smith apples as they have a strong tart flavour that complements the sweet crumble topping. In the UK, Bramley apples are often used in crumbles. If you can't find them at your grocery store or farmer's market, try any variety of apples.
Cinnamon - adds a hint of spice.
Oats - for an extra crunchy topping.
Sugar - we use white sugar to toss in with the apples and brown sugar for the crumble topping.
Butter - use unsalted butter.
Flour - use self-raising flour. You can also use plain flour with a little baking powder.
Lemon - squeeze lemon juice over the apples if you like the crumble filling a little moist.
Step by Step Directions
Note: This is a summary of the instructions. The full ingredients and instructions are shown in the recipe card below.
For Apple Filling
Peel, core and chop the apples into 2-3cm (¾-1") pieces and arrange in a baking dish. Add the white sugar, cinnamon, and the juice of half a lemon and stir in well.
For The Topping
Step 1. Add the flour, sugar and oats to a large bowl and stir well to combine.
Step 2. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop and pour over the flour/sugar/oats mixture.
Step 3. Mix everything until clumps form.
To Assemble and Bake
Steps 1-2. Add the crumble topping to the apple mixture and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden and the apples are cooked underneath.
We love our crumbles served warm from the oven with piping hot custard. You could also serve it with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of fresh cream.
FAQs & Expert Tips
Let the crumble cool entirely on the benchtop, then cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Yes, you can. Prepare the apple filling, then refrigerate. Prepare the crumble topping, let it cool, then cover and refrigerate. Crumble the topping over the apples just before baking.
Yes, you can freeze apple crumble baked and unbaked. To freeze baked crumble, allow it to cool completely. Wrap it in freeze safe cling film to keep it airtight, then pop it into a freezer bag and label the bag with the date and contents.
To freeze the unbaked crumble, prepare the crumble in a suitable dish for baking. Wrap it in freeze safe cling film to keep it airtight, then pop it into a freezer bag and label the bag with the date and contents.
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- 1 oval ovenproof dish measuring 22cm x 16cm and 4cm deep (9" x 6" and 1.5" deep). Or similar size.
For the Apple Base
- 450 g apples, (weight before peeling) peeled, cored and cut into 2-3cm (¾-1") cubes. (Approximately 3-4 apples). See note 1.
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Crumble Topping
- 200 g self raising flour
- 50 g oats, old fashioned, jumbo or rolled oats.
- 90 g soft brown sugar
- 115 g unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 170°C fan / 190°C / 375°F.
For the Apple Filling
- Peel apples, then cut into 2-3cm (¾-1") cubes.
- Arrange the chopped apples into an oval ovenproof dish measuring 22cm x 16cm and 4cm deep (9" x 6" and 1.5" deep). Add the white sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and stir well to combine.
For the Crumble Topping
- Add the flour, oats and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Melt the butter in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove. Pour the melted butter over the flour/sugar/oats mixture and mix well until clumps form.
To Assemble and Bake
- Tip the crumble mixture over the apples and spread evenly with the back of a fork, lightly pressing down until there are no apples visible.
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden on top and the apples are soft.
- Serve hot with custard, ice cream or whipped cream.